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  • The Aurora school board’s finalists to replace John Barry include two DPS administrators, a former Boulder superintendent and a former state higher education chief. EdNews Colorado
  • State senators began work on the state budget, but many details of next year’s education spending have yet to be hammered out. EdNews Colorado
  • Legislators will also consider a bill that would restore funding to English language learner programs. AP via CBS Denver
  • Colorado’s community colleges are seeking permission from the state to offer four-year bachelor’s degrees. Colorado Statesman
  • A new report lists Douglas County as tops in the state for child well-being. Our Colorado News
  • St. Vrain Valley schools are seeking sponsors to bring a health program to their students. Times Call
  • Two new Facebook pages documenting illegal school activity have sparked concern among Fort Collins parents and administrators. 9News


  • The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a second case involving affirmative action in higher education. Inside Higher Education
  • Banks wrote off $3 billion in unpaid student debt early this year, up more than 30 percent from a year ago. KOAA
    The emotional draw of prepaid college plans is strong, but families must consider the risks. New York Times
  • A group of Chicago students protested to demand a moratorium on school closings. Chicago Tribune


  • Commentary: The federal government should play a larger role in ensuring school finance equity. Washington Post
  • Commentary: Even when legal, marijuana poses health risks for teenagers. Pueblo Chieftan

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